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In this course, we’ll take an introductory look at blockchains, smart contracts, distributed identity management, and nonfungible tokens (NFTs).
At the conclusion of the course, you should be able to
- Describe the terms blockchain, dapp, Web3 and Layer 2 scaling solutions and interchain
- Compare and contrast the “Big Three” major blockchain platforms: Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Hyperledger
- Discuss and compare use cases for blockchain technology, decentralized identifiers and verifiable credentials
- Categorize fungible and nonfungible tokens.
- Explain uniswaps and stable coins, Defi applications and central bank digital currency
- The three fundamental technologies underlying blockchain systems: distributed consensus, cryptography and distributed ledger data structures
- Identity and access management for blockchains - the difference between permissioned/permissionless, public/private distributed ledgers
- Smart contracts, smart contract programming languages and environments, and how smart contracts turn blockchain into a platform for constructing decentralized applications (dapps)
- Appropriate use cases for blockchain technology solutions and how to successfully execute a blockchain project
- Decentralized identifiers and verifiable credentials
- Tokens and tokenomics: fungible and nonfungible tokens and how to use tokenization to assign value to assets and liabilities that are difficult to quantify
- Financial applications: uniswaps, stablecoins, Defi applications and central bank digital currencies
Students should have a basic understanding of computer systems security. Some familiarity with blockchain applications and cryptocurrency, at a high level, would also be helpful. Basic blockchain technology will be reviewed at the beginning of the course.
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